By Taziz Hasairi.
Tripoli, 11 January 2014:
The traditional street theatre of Garagouz , or marionettes, is the inspiration behind Libyan artist Najla . . .[restrict]Ashfteri’s latest exhibition of colourful oil paintings.
The exhibition of multimedia paintings on Wednesday at the Hassan Alfaqeh gallery in Tripoli’s Old Town. Ashfteri told the Libya Herald that, through her work, she she aimed to blend the traditions of Garagouz street theatre with modern art techniques.
The works were also political, she said, expressing the dominance and control of men in society and politics.
Those attending the opening were impressed with the show. Another painter, Emad Bash Agha, said that Ashfteri successfully blended Libyan culture with modern art, adding that the works provoked emotional responses.
Deputy Head of mission at the German Embassy Sonke Lorenz said he was also impressed with the exhibition and said the embassy was very interested in such cultural events. He added that he also really liked the gallery.
The event also included a Garagouz theatre show, which greatly amused those present, especially children. and a talk about the history of this type of street theatre in Libya. [/restrict]